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Festival of Outback Opera 2022
18-27 May

Regional Festival of Outback Opera 2022

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The Festival of Outback Opera

Opera Queensland’s Festival of Outback Opera returns to Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, Tambo and Windorah from 18 – 27 May 2022.

Set in Queensland’s iconic Outback, the festival celebrates the wonder of opera under an endless sky. This year’s festival is headlined by Kang Wang with music direction by Dane Lam, leading the UQ Pulse Chamber Orchestra.

The 2022 Festival of Outback Opera features two spectacular open-sky concerts at Winton and Longreach, four performances of the regional tour of The Sopranos, Opera Queensland’s popular community singalongs Sing Sing Sing, and a program of community events and activations in quintessentially Outback settings.

Presented in association with The University of Queensland in collaboration with the School of Music.

Opera Queensland’s Festival of Outback Opera is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Dark Sky Serenade – Friday 20 May 2022 

Dazzling night skies, crystal clear air and glorious music ignite your senses in this once in a lifetime concert.

The concert stage is perched 75 metres above the surrounding landscape at the spectacular Jump-Up in the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. Experience sublime music as the sun sets and the Milky Way explodes out of the night sky.

Featuring the music of Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Tosti Dark Sky Serenade embraces the romance of our outback setting through some of the most beautiful love songs ever written. Bring your champagne and red roses as we explore composers’ evocations of love and loss through the ages.

Important information for guests attending the performance here.

Singing in the Night – Saturday 21 May 2022 

Be immersed in beautiful music making from the iconic Outback Queensland perspective of Two Tree Hill on Camden Park Station in Longreach.

Under the vast horizons of this historic 18,000-acre working sheep and cattle station, we examine opera’s relationship with the natural world: the elements, the animals, the trees, and the heavenly bodies. With music by Dvorak, Richard Strauss, Handel and Mahler, audience members will also be treated to a special excerpt from Vivaldi‘s The Seasons with the UQ Pulse Chamber Orchestra.

This concert offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the wonder of opera, unforgettable Outback sunsets and fine country hospitality.

To allow you to plan your ticket purchase around your itinerary and manage capacity for each venue, each event must be purchased or registered for separately.

Important information for guests attending the performance here.

Charter Flights for Dark Sky Serenade (Winton) and Singing in the Night (Longreach)

Opera Queensland has partnered with Sheehan Events to offer day-return Charter Flights for Dark Sky Serenade (Winton, Friday 20 May 2022) and Singing in the Night (Longreach, Saturday 21 May 2022).

Experience these spectacular concerts with an all-inclusive day package including:

  • Alliance Airlines Private Charter from Brisbane to Winton or Longreach return
  • Champagne breakfast in Brisbane
  • Premium seating for the concerts
  • Includes all travel and transport on the ground in Winton or Longreach

Charter flights are booked directly with Sheehan Events and supported by the team at Sheehan Events.

Winton – $1149* per person

Longreach – $1249* per person

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Purchasing tickets to the Festival of Outback Opera 

To allow you to plan your personal itinerary and manage varying capacities for different performances, each event must be purchased or registered for separately.

Links to purchase tickets or register to attend events are below or available HERE.

Schedule/Program
Sing Sing Sing - North Gregory Hotel, Winton
Wednesday, May 18 2022 6:30 pm
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The Sopranos - The Royal Theatre, Winton
Thursday, May 19 2022 6:00 pm
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Dark Sky Serenade - Australian Age of Dinosaurs, Winton
Friday, May 20 2022 6:00 pm
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Panel Discussion - Who cares about the arts in the regions? - Edkins Memorial Park, Longreach
Saturday, May 21 2022 12:30 pm
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Singing in the Night - Camden Park Station, Longreach
Saturday, May 21 2022 6:00 pm
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Sing Sing Sing - The Branch Cafe
Sunday, May 22 2022 2:00 pm
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The Sopranos - Longreach Showgrounds
Sunday, May 22 2022 6:30 pm
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The Sopranos - Barcaldine Rec Park
Monday, May 23 2022 6:00 pm
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Sing Sing Sing - The Lodge on Hawthorn, Blackall
Tuesday, May 24 2022 6:00 pm
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The Sounds of Sunset - Tambo Shire Hall Lawn
Wednesday, May 25 2022 6:30 pm
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The Sopranos - Blackall Woolscour, Blackall
Thursday, May 26 2022 6:00 pm
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The Long Way Home - Sandos Sandhill, Windorah
Friday, May 27 2022 6:30 pm
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Our partners

Presented in association with
  • University of Queensland
Government Partners
  • TEQ It's Live
  • Queensland Government
  • Australian Government
  • Festivals Australia
Philanthropy Partners
  • Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
  • Australian Cultural Fund
Major Partners
  • Angove
  • Cisco
  • Cox Architecture
  • Data3
  • The Southport School
  • Urbbana
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